Aug 032013
 

The High Court rejection of 10 legal challenges this week exposes the savage injustice of the Bedroom Tax. Let’s turn anger into more action, more pressure, and ensure no landlord can evict tenants – http://www.antibedroomtax.org.uk/2013-05-29-04-42-41/latest-news/86-an-absolute-travesty-of-justice-high-court-rejects-bedroom-tax-challenge
and http://www.leighday.co.uk/News/2013/July-2013/Statement-from-Richard-Stein

The next steering group of the Anti Bedroom Tax and Benefit Justice Federation meets on 7 September 12-4pm in Manchester.  Please email to confirm you can send one or two reps from your local groups and supporting organisations, to help decide next plans.

Ask all Councillors against the Bedroom Tax to add their name to this statement to support tenants and push politicians and landlords to abolish the Tax:
http://www.defendcouncilhousing.org.uk/dch/resources/CouncillorsvBedTax2.pdf

Eileen and Kate
Anti Bedroom Tax and Benefit Justice Federation

Other News

Urgent warning to those in the WRAG group of ESA and information on Discretionary Housing Payments: http://www.disabilitysanctuary.com/forum/index.php?threads/warning-to-those-in-wrag-work-related-activity-group-of-esa.9081/

*Protests Force Canterbury No Eviction Pledge – Canterbury City Council agree not to evict council tenants who cannot pay the Bedroom tax: http://antibedroomtax.org.uk/2013-05-29-04-42-41/latest-news/83-protests-force-canterbury-no-eviction-pledge

National Day of Protest Keeps Up Pressure – Saturday 27th saw 250 marching through Newcastle, hundreds in Manchester marched on the Court, 500 in Liverpool and actions in Barnsley, Milton Keynes, across London, and more.
http://antibedroomtax.org.uk/2013-05-29-04-42-41/latest-news/84-day-of-action-keeps-pressure-on-bedroomtax

Launch of Greater Manchester Anti-Bedroom Tax Federation – over 100 delegates launched Manchester’s city wide fightback.
http://antibedroomtax.org.uk/2013-05-29-04-42-41/latest-news/82-manchester-anti-bedroom-tax-federation-launched

Housing association report on the first 100 days of the bedroom tax show rising arrears and a negative impact on disabled tenants:
http://www.aragon-housing.co.uk/about-us/news/100-days-of-the-bedroom-tax/

Dates

24 August The Mass Sleep Out: protest against Bedroom Tax https://www.facebook.com/#!/MassSleepover  Plans for 39 towns and cities (and rising)  https://www.facebook.com/#!/MassSleepover/info

Disabled People Against Cuts week of action 29 Aug – 4 Sept will be a chance protest against the full range of attacks on disabled people ending with a march through London4th September: https://dpac.uk.net/2013/07/reclaiming-our-futures-7-days-of-action/

7 Sept Anti Bed Tax and Benefit Justice Steering Group – 12-4pm Manchester

24 Sept meeting at Labour conference: Cut Rents Not Benefits – Build the Homes we Need  6pm Brighthelm Centre, North St Brighton

29 Sept Manchester protest at Conservative Conference,  with plans for a Bedroom Tax feeder march

With thanks to Anti Bedroom Tax and Benefit Justice Federation

 

 

 

 

Jul 242011
 

protestors on march

Brighton Disabled People Against the Cuts and Brighton Benefits Campaign organise a demonstration against benefit cuts and in particular cuts to disability benefits. They held an  extremely successful demonstration, led by two people in wheelchairs.

The march began with speeches at The Level. Kevin Dale from PCS, Andy Richards from UNISON, Shona from Youth Fight for Jobs, Pip Tindall from Brighton Benefits Campaign and Tony Greenstein from Brighton Unemployed Centre all spoke and messages of support were read from the local MP Caroline Lucas and Rob Jarrett, a Green councillor.

Marching to The Steine and then turning right up to the main shopping square, we were greeted with applause, honking and massive support. A young woman in a wheelchair came out of nowhere to join the other 2 disabled people leading the march. Finally Steph Powell, another Green Party councillor gave a rousing send-off at Churchill Square before people dispersed, mainly to a local mobile phone shop at the corner of Churchill Square and Western Road which has been squatted, for coffee and cake!

A more detailed and personal account from Tony Greenstein’s blog. Photo is with thanks from the blog.